Accession Number : ADD017829

Title :   Fiber Optic Loose Tube Buffer to Fan-Out Tube Adapter System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 20 Sep 94, patented 5 Dec 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Sommer, Keith E

Report Date : 05 Dec 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : An adapter system protects optical fibers transitioning from a close-pack configuration within a rigid loose tube buffer to a fanned-out configuration using fan-out tube assemblies. Each fan-out tube assembly includes a hollow furcation tube surrounded firstly by a stranded strength member and secondly by an outer jacket surrounding the stranded strength member. The adapter system includes a first sleeve secured to an end of the loose tube buffer, a second sleeve joinable to the first sleeve, a first spacer plate incorporated in the second sleeve, and a second spacer plate maintained within the second sleeve and spaced apart from the first spacer plate. Each optical fiber exits the end of the loose tube buffer and is inserted through a flircation tube from a fan-out tube assembly such that the optical fibers are maintained in a spaced apart configuration when passing through the first and second spacer plates of the adapter system. (MM)

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *PATENTS, *PROTECTIVE COVERINGS, BUFFERS, ADAPTERS, RIGIDITY, JACKETS, SLEEVES, TUBES, SPACERS, BUNDLES

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE